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Navigating the twists and turns of Oracle ULA exits and renewals – Part 2

In ‘Navigating the twists and turns of Oracle ULA exits and renewals – Part 1’, we discussed the challenges and mistakes organisations experience whilst executing Oracle ULA exits and renewals. In this second part, we’ll look at the consequences of these mistakes as well as the practical steps organisations need to consider throughout the ULA […]


Navigating the twists and turns of Oracle ULA exits and renewals – Part 1

When it comes to Oracle ULAs, mishandling the renewal or exit can have serious consequences for your organisation. The complex process is filled with potential financial pitfalls and in order to overcome them, you’ll need robust and detailed planning based on specialist knowledge and expertise of Oracle and its ULA licensing. In this blog, we’ll […]


Do you know your audit risk?

When it comes to software audits, organisations typically keep a keen eye on the vendors that they spend the most money with. Afterall, if they’re audited by a tier one provider, the financial ramifications could be significant. Focusing on the bigger providers also makes a great deal of practical sense – SAM teams within organisations […]


Will 2020 be the year we reach ‘peak audit’?

Software vendors usually send out their audit letters on a fairly predictable basis. The most common triggers are a contract term or ULA coming to an end, or indeed the end of the publisher’s financial year, something we covered in more detail in a previous blog about Oracle’s audit strategy. However, from time-to-time, macro-economic factors […]


Welcome to Oracle audit season

This time each year, we see a marked spike in the number of audits requested and undertaken by Oracle and 2020 is no different. While this May is by no means a typical month for many of the enterprises and public sector organisations running Oracle, it’s clearly very much ‘business as usual’ for the vendor’s […]


Beware the guard dog

Why having a proactive Software Asset Management program could be your most effective form of audit defense While the debate about the actual volume of software audits performed by vendors continues (for what it’s worth, my ten-second take:  some are down, some are up, some are designed to push you to the cloud, some are […]


Are software audits really down? Don’t be so sure

Niall Eddery, Senior Consultant, Livingstone I’ve been reading some claims recently that audits are decreasing, and while I understand where these are coming from, I think what we are seeing in the market contradicts this somewhat. Basing an estimate of audit volumes based on Gartner audit inquiries potentially misses a big segment of the market […]


Oracle Java Update: Implications on Licensing Compliance & Support

Oracle Java Update: Implications on Licensing Compliance & Support UKOUG Licence Management Event, London – 11th Oct 2018 By Calin Bercu – Oracle Licensing Consultant, Livingstone An Overview of Oracle Java’s Current Status and Future Roadmap The UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) Licence Management Event 2018 took place this month in London and was organised […]


Will Oracle lose out without change?

The Campaign for Clear Licensing (CCL) has recently stated that Oracle is risking its future earnings by continuing with its aggressive stance on licensing. CCL believes that the licence revenue collected by Oracle is under threat. This is because some organisations may be put off using the firm’s software if they feel they are at […]